Recruitment consultants, curve balls, line managers and HR
Posted on 14th December 2014
Life as a recruiter is like life in many other jobs. There is a lot of standard stuff - you know, that nose to the grindstone, get on with the business sort of thing. However, interspersed with this is a lot of fun with some good friends – colleagues, clients and candidates – but, of course, life and work do occasionally throw you a curve ball, just when you’re not expecting it. By way of preamble, here is one now….
We all know that most useful aphorism of Abraham Lincoln’s (and you weren’t expecting this in an IT recruitment blog, were you?), “You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time…”
This is certainly true in recruitment. As everyone who has worked in our industry for any time knows, many recruitment consultants do like to deal directly with the end-client, rather than the HR person who often acts as an interface. As a result, it’s not uncommon in our job to be admonished by HR, usually along the lines of, “why have you gone straight to the line manager and not kept me in the loop” (this is the censored version of course).
It was with that in mind that I was somewhat surprised by an unexpected spherical object which curved its way towards me just the other week. I really was taken aback when a line manager complained “why are you talking to HR? Can we keep them out of this one please?” All of which goes to show that you really can’t please both HR and line managers all of the time. Which in turn makes me wonder if old Abe Lincoln ever worked in recruitment…..!
Stuart Alexander, Senior Consultant and IT Recruiter, BeIT Resourcing
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